As a 9th grader, Trenton Stange loved buses and dreamt of owning and operating his very own coach company. After finishing high school and earning a degree from Central Michigan University, Trenton’s dream became a reality when Compass Coach was formed in 2000. Starting with just a single new coach, Trenton began offering motor coach service to those seeking alternative means of shuttling and group transportation. For the next sixteen years, Trenton worked tirelessly to grow the business by delivering exceptional transportation services with an unparalleled passenger experience. During that time, not only did the company build its own headquarters facility from scratch, but the Compass Coach fleet also expanded with the acquisition of Ambassador Coach Lines and Hartzler Coaches Lines, and the purchase of a full service garage to maintain the growing fleet. Today, Compass Coach employs 62 and operates 23 modern motor coaches, including mid and full size deluxe passenger coaches. The Compass Coach fleet - one of the industry’s top rated - features spacious cargo bays, large windows for enhanced sightseeing, pull down window shades, and comfortable recliner seating and other passenger amenities.
Compass Coach offers a full range of transportation services, including group transportation, venue shuttling, local and regional tours, casino trips, and much more. With locations in Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant, and Traverse City, Michigan, the Cedar Springs-based Compass Coach is positioned to provide safe, convenient and hassle-free transportation and shuttling services for customers in the state of Michigan and the surrounding region.
Through the years, the company has earned a reputation for providing passengers with an incomparable travel experience. A strong focus on customer satisfaction is what drives this company, and earning the customers’ repeat business is a singular priority. The secret to Compass Coach’s success and longevity lies in its pledge to deliver impeccable service, reliability and on-time travel. Compass Coach also takes tremendous pride in adhering to strict safety standards, thereby earning the highest safety ratings available from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Defense. The regular maintenance and servicing of the vehicles ensures that passengers receive a comfortable ride and peace of mind for a safe journey to and from the desired destination.
Asked about his success, Trenton quickly attributes it to the unwavering support of his wife Kimberly and son, Sebastian, as well as his excellent staff. He also notes that the good working relationships he’s established with industry partners are also instrumental to the company’s success. Specifically, the strong partnerships forged with equipment manufacturers and his insurance carrier and agent are critical to the company’s success, because they represent the two biggest expenses to the company behind payroll.
Trenton currently serves as the Chairman of the Midwest Bus and Motorcoach Association, and is an active member of the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and the American Bus Association (ABA). Trenton and his wife and son reside in Rockford , Michigan, and are both proud alumni of Central Michigan University.
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